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This Lima tour offers an authentic and intercultural experience that takes you off the beaten path to some alternative sights with as highlight one of Lima’s human settlements, where we visit a social project and learn about daily life in this harsh environment through responsible encounters with locals.
Pick-up from hotels in central areas. Pick-up at cruise shuttle stop or airport available for an additional fee.
10am or 12:30pm (or you can request a different time)
This is a shorter version of the Full-day Authentic Lima Experience for those that have less time. The half-day tour starts with a visit to the second largest cemetery in the world, a very unique place which is very different to any other cemetery you’ve seen before! You’ll learn more about Andean burial culture and enjoy some great views of the area.
After the visit to the cemetery, you’ll head towards the human settlement where you will visit a local lady who has started her own small business and artisan workshop in her house. She will tell you more about herself and her business. We will then be joined by a local guide who will show you around the neighborhood located on the hillsides of Lima’s outskirts and take you to meet several local families. The first stop is the house of the local cook who has prepared a delicious Peruvian lunch. After lunch, we’ll learn more about the community and also about a local project, which your visit supports. On some days you’ll even be able to witness the activities with the participating kids.The aim of this experience is a genuine intercultural experience since you will visit and interact with several locals.
These human settlements are the result of the late 20th century growth towards the hills by migrant populations in Lima. While these are the poorest neighborhoods of Lima, they are filled with hardworking people who are trying to provide a better life for their children. Learn more about daily life in this harsh environment and get the chance to be introduced to some of the efforts carried out to improve the situation. You will see the great work they are doing with local kids, teenagers or adults and on some days, you will even be able to participate in the activities. The visit focuses on hope, optimism and positive initiatives.
Your visit benefits the local community in different ways. First of all, it provides an (additional) income to several community members, including the cook and the local guide. Secondly, your visit supports the local project of Jugando Aprendo, which works especially with minors who do domestic work and their families as well as other local children and teens. The tour price includes a donation to this great local organisation, ran by our local community guides.
In addition to financial benefits, the interest and attention of people who came from all over the world increases the pride of the local people in their communities. The local people on the tour are all in a way community leaders who work hard to improve their environment and community. The admiration of visitors from across the world reinforces their engagement. Too often, they are looked down on by fellow Peruvians from more affluent neighborhoods.
Sometimes, real friendships and longterm engagements have resulted from our tours. A young aspiring cook is studying to become a chef thanks to people who met him during our tour. We love to see more of this happening too!